I am a graduate student at Cornell University’s Natural Resources program. At my undergraduate program, I studied bioacoustics with Dr. Athena Rycyk at the New College of Florida. As an undergraduate student I helped complete the first study on the acoustics of African manatees (Trichechus senegalensis), completed an undergraduate thesis about the acoustic presence of various cetacean species near Barkley Canyon, and participated in a project that helped acoustic identification of local marine mammal and fish species in Sarasota Bay.
At Cornell, I will be working with my advisor Dr. Aaron Rice to study how wind turbines off the coast of Maryland are affecting marine mammals, with a specific focus on understanding their effects on baleen whales. Additionally, this semester (Fall 2021) I am working with Dr. Holger Klinck to create a baleen whale data set that will be used to create a new deep learning algorithm to help others identify baleen whale calls in soundscape data.
Year Hired: 2021
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Social media handles: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karianne-kapfer-0462101aa/
Ph.D., Natural Resources, Cornell University, in progress
B.A., Marine Biology, New College of Florida, 2021